The saxophonist died quietly in his sleep, according to a declaration from his agent
Their music is likewise included on a number of movie soundtracks, such as those for Rocky, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.Thomas is endured by are his partner, Phynjuar Saunders Thomas, daughter Tuesday Rankin, and sons David Thomas and Devin Thomas.Fans have been paying homage to the star on social media, with one tweeting: “Loved this group.” Another stated: “Thank you, Dennis Thomas, for the music that got us through.”
Their music is likewise included on numerous movie soundtracks, such as those for Rocky, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.Thomas is survived by are his other half, Phynjuar Saunders Thomas, daughter Tuesday Rankin, and sons David Thomas and Devin Thomas.Fans have actually been paying homage to the star on social media, with one tweeting: “Loved this group. RIP Dennis Thomas.” Another stated: “Thank you, Dennis Thomas, for the music that got us through.”
Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, saxophonist and one of the co-founders of soul-funk band Kool & & The Gang, has actually passed away aged 70. A statement from his representative stated he died in harmony in his sleep on Saturday in New Jersey, where he was a homeowner of the town of Montclair.
Thomas enjoyed a music profession that covered practically 60 years as an alto sax player, flutist and percussionist in Kool & & The Gang, understood for mega hits including Celebration and Get Down On It.His last look with the group was on 4 July at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
George Brown, Ronald Bell, Dennis Thomas and Robert Kool Bell of Kool & & The Gang in 2014
Born upon 9 February 1951, in Orlando, Florida, Thomas was understood for his beginning on the bands 1971 hit, Whos Gon na Take The Weight.
He was also renowned for his hip clothing and hats and acted as the groups closet stylist, as well as their “spending plan hawk” in the early days, carrying their profits in a paper bag stuffed into the bell of his horn.
In 1964, Thomas was one of 7 teenage friends who produced the groups special blend of jazz, soul and funk – very first calling themselves the Jazziacs.
They eventually decided on calling the group Kool & & The Gang in 1969. The other founders are bros Ronald and Robert Bell, and Spike Mickens, Ricky Westfield, George Brown and Charles Smith.Kool & & The Gang won a slew of honours during their enduring profession, consisting of two Grammy Awards and 7 American Music Awards.